On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Kids' jail

I work professionally and also volunteer in our local Juvenile detention center 13 hours a week. Today I was trying very, very hard, to begin to learn some of the skills of perspective drawing while I was sitting with kids.

Both drawings are abysmal, but that never stopped me from posting to my blog!

The first sketch shows an open housing unit with few locked doors. The boys here have done well and their charges are usually minor or they have been in the Hall for months or years and can now be trusted with more freedom.

As a beginning art student, I was simply trying to draw the many squares and rectangles visible in the room and to place objects in relative size comparisons. It didn't work, but that was what I was trying for.

In this second, more complicated drawing, there are two tiers of rooms with locked doors for more serious offenders.

I was attempting to draw the central staircase with protective grillwork and additional grillwork around the second tier (so no one falls through or gets thrown down). Again, I was only trying to depict the relative size of the doors and railings.

Alas! When it comes to architectural elements, I haven't a clue!


  1. I think you did very well! I have a hard time with architectural drawing too. It's not easy :-)

  2. I like your sketches. I think you did very well with them.


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